Maisey's newest release garned 5 Maori Music Awards as well as the New Zealand Music Award (Tui) for Best Maori-language Record.Maisey Rika's 3rd studio album "Whitiora" is a full Te reo (Maori language) album with 11 tracks. Maisey Rika has developed her craft further as an outstanding singer-songwriter with much success. Whitiora garnered 5 Maori Music Awards in 2013: Best Maori Traditional Album (Te Reo), Best Maori Songwriter, Best Maori Song (Tangaroa Whakamautai), Best Maori Female Solo Artist, and Best Music Video by a Maori Artist. Tangaroa Whakamautai, the first single of the album, takes you on a journey into the ocean and Maori legend. Other tracks include Ruaimoko featuring Anika Moa, which is a haunting reference to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, mixed delicately with a string quartet. Maisey worked with a wide range of Maori songwriters to collaborate and create some angelic, original pieces.
4 Maori Music Awards! Tohu is a collection of twelve songs written over the past decade. These originals include tracks such as Ladeda Day, Omaio and Untouchable, some of these are the very first songs written by Maisey, chosen to illustrate her evolving songwriting style. Tohu is filled with these touching tales and the universal emotions of hardship, happiness, love, justice and sorrow we can all relate to. Produced by Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, this collection explores many different arrangement styles. The ancestral sounds of traditional Maori instruments have been used along side energetic guitars, drums, animated horn sections and pure string sections. All together, Tohu musically has an organic feel, diverse range with Maisey's lyrics beautifully fusing this together into a musical journey.
This debut solo release from New Zealand singer songwriter Maisey Rika is a six-track \ EP. Although backed by a full band, the key collaborator is her brother jj. Rika's acoustic-based sound and compelling vocals are at times haunting, revealing a genuine sense of melody. All six tracks have their charm. Reconnect is her first single (and the video is gorgeous). Letting Go is very likable and ought to be heard on the radio - the chorus oozes hit quality. Elsewhere there's the stirring Children of Romania and the quirky Scouting Polka with cheeky Lily Allen-like vocals. Interesting phrasing and prominent te reo [Maori language] elements are more ticks for Rika. - Shaun Chait (parts from review in NZ Musician Magazine)
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